The Denver Broncos are a step closer to naming their new head coach, according to 9News reporter/Broncos mouthpiece Mike Klis.
Former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak and current defensive coordinator Vic Fangio are the two candidates left from the Broncos’ initial list of five.
Fangio, 60, is an experienced defensive coach but has never held the top job with any NFL team.
His 30-year coaching career took him from high school to the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars in the USFL in 1984, before the NFL came calling.
After a long stint in New Orleans, Fangio also coached in Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, Baltimore, Stanford, San Francisco, and Chicago.
He is known for turning around defenses in his first year as coordinator, something the Broncos would hope rubs off on a unit that finished 2018 ranked 21st in run defense, 20th in pass defense and 13th in team defense, according to Pro Football Reference.
Despite falling in the NFC Wild Card round to Philadelphia last weekend, Chicago boasted the best team defense in the 2018 regular season, top run defense, and seventh pass defense.
As well as the Broncos, Fangio also interviewed with the Miami Dolphins.
His notable lack of offensive chops would allow the Broncos to return former head coach Gary Kubiak to the sidelines as offensive coordinator.
Should Fangio want to take control of the defense, it could spell the end of the road for defensive coordinator Joe Woods, promoted from defensive backs coach in 2017 when the club moved on from Wade Phillips.
Woods has received some interest around the league but remains under contract for 2019, and the Broncos will allow the new head coach to take decisions on which assistants to retain.
President of football operations/general manager John Elway and the head coach selection committee are expected to meet again today with a decision due in the next day or so.
Munchak, a Hall of Fame guard who has family in Denver, has a record of 22-26 from his three seasons as head coach of the Titans and is currently the offensive line coach in Pittsburgh.
But the 58-year-old appears to be the outsider to become the 17th head coach in Denver after the Broncos fired Vance Joseph at the end of two disappointing seasons.